Escalante Pueblo & Yucca House National Monument

Trip Start Aug 12, 2013
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Trip End Oct 02, 2013


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Thursday, September 19, 2013




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I headed for the Anasazi Heritage Center again today.  I wanted to hike the trail to the Escalante Pueblo, which is next to the Center, yesterday but it was closed for maintenance so I went back to hike it today.  The Escalante Pueblo isn't particularly interesting but it's at the top of a hill and you get a good view of the McPhee Reservoir.

I hiked back to my car and headed for the Yucca House National Monument.  Yucca House is the site of an unexcavated Ancestral Puebloan village.  It is down a long dirt road next to a farmer's driveway.  It has been a national monument since 1919 but no interpretive features or facilities have been added.

I parked and walked over to where I thought I might find it.  There was a fenced area and the fence had some NPS signs so I was pretty sure I was in the right spot.  I didn't find a gate right away and wound up climbing over.  I wandered around a while looking for signs of the ruins.  I found a circular depression, lots of rocks that appeared out of place and a short section of a stone wall that was still standing.  I also eventually found the gate I should have entered by.  Judging by the logbook I signed, the site receives visitors less than daily.  After about an hour of exploring I got back in my car and left.  I wouldn't recommend visiting the site.

My car was still coated in mud so I went to a coin-operated car wash and to clean it up.  I then headed for a restaurant in Cortez called Pepperhead.  They serve Southwestern cuisine.  I ordered a combination platter with a relleno (a stuffed, breaded and fried pepper)  and two cheese enchiladas.  It wasn't nearly as hot as I was hoping from a place called Pepperhead.  After dinner I headed back to my hotel for the night.
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